Henderson chasing Greatwood Cash

  • Last Updated: October 31 2013, 15:43 GMT

Cash And Go is one of seven possible runners for Nicky Henderson in the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham on November 17.

Cash And Go: On course for Greatwood return
Cash And Go: On course for Greatwood return

The six-year-old beat all bar Olofi in the fiercely competitive handicap last year and looks set to return off the same mark of 141.

The champion trainer also has beaten Triumph Hurdle favourite Rolling Star and Supreme Novices' Hurdle eighth River Maigue engaged, along with French recruit Blue Fashion, Gibb River, First In The Queue and Makari.

Henderson said: "The horse I am most looking forward to in the Greatwood is Cash And Go. He is in good form and ran a great race to finish second last year.

"Things didn't go right for him after that, but I am going to start again with him this season and see how we go.

"I would also be interested in Rolling Star and River Maigue because the Greatwood, like the Paddy Power Gold Cup, tends to suit those second-season horses. The fact they are unexposed just gives them half a chance against the older horses.

"Rolling Star was very impressive first time out last season and went into the Triumph Hurdle as favourite, but disappointed us. He just petered out at the end of last season for one reason or another, but is a lovely horse."

Forty-five horses are entered for the Greatwood, with Fred Winter hero Flaxen Flare one of 10 possible runners for Ireland.

Ireland's champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins has four possible starters, including progressive Galway scorer Call Me Bubbles and talented six-year-old Midnight Game, while Sabrina Harty has entered Kalann, who was last seen over hurdles when last in the Champion Hurdle at the Festival.

Get Me Out Of Here, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, is the potential top weight and has run well at Cheltenham without winning.

O'Neill said: "The Greatwood Hurdle is an option for Get Me Out Of Here, providing the ground is not too soft.

"He is a great old horse, but is getting a bit long in the tooth now. We have thought about going chasing with him in the past, but he doesn't like jumping fences.

"He has been a super horse, but he has reached his level now and you have to treat him a bit like some of those old sprinters - you take your chance and hopefully one day it comes off."

Paul Nicholls landed the prestigious handicap hurdle with Brampour (2011) and Rigmarole (2003) and has five entries this year, led by Far West and Sametegal, who were second and third respectively to Our Conor in the Triumph Hurdle in March.

The Nicholls quintet is completed by Caid Du Berlais, Mr Mole and Grade One runner-up Ptit Zig.

Olofi, trained by Tom George in Gloucestershire, could bid to become the first dual winner, while Harry Fry has entered Karinga Dancer, who completed a four-timer in facile fashion at Aintree this month.

Fry suggested before his Karinga Dancer's Aintree romp that it would likely be his last run over hurdles, but the manner of his success has got the trainer thinking.

Fry said: "Going to Aintree was very much Plan B, as we couldn't go for the Persian War Novices' Hurdle at Chepstow because of the ground.

"He won very nicely and the handicapper duly put him up 12lb. The plan had been to go chasing, and that could still very much be the case, but the Greatwood is only three weeks away and we thought we'd give him the entry.

"We'll have a look at the race nearer the time and then decide whether to give it a go or go straight over fences.

"He has come out of Aintree in fine form and we'll definitely give it (Greatwood Hurdle) serious consideration."


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